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Unformatted text preview: Your Social Security Number And Card Your Social Security Number And Card A Social Security number is important because you need it to get a job, collect Social Security benefits and receive some other government services. Many other businesses, such as banks and credit companies, also ask for your number. If you are a noncitizen living in the United States, you also may need a Social Security number. For more infor- mation, see Social Security Numbers For Noncitizens (Publication No. 05-10096). If you are temporarily in the United States to work, see Foreign Workers and Social Security Numbers (Publication No. 05-10107). How do I get a number and card? To apply for a Social Security number and card: Complete an •¡ Application For A Social Security Card (Form SS-5); and Show us original documents or •¡ copies certified by the issuing agency proving: — U.S. citizenship or immigration status [including Department of Homeland Security (DHS) permis- sion to work in the United States]; — Age; and — Identity. 3 Then, take or mail your completed application and documents to your local Social Security office. Citizenship or immigration status: We can accept only certain documents as proof of U.S. citizenship. These include a U.S. birth certificate, U.S. consular report of birth, U.S. passport, Certificate of Naturalization or Certificate of Citizenship. If you are not a U.S. citizen, Social Security will ask to see your current U.S. immigration documents. Acceptable documents include your: Form I-551 (includes machine- •¡ readable immigrant visa with your unexpired foreign passport); I-94 with your unexpired foreign •¡ passport; or Work permit card from the •¡ Department of Homeland Security (I-766 or I-688B). International students must present further documentation. For more infor- mation, see International Students And Social Security Numbers (Publication No. 05-10181). Age: You must present your birth certificate if you have it or can easily obtain it. If not, we can consider other documents, such as your passport to prove age. 4 Identity: We can accept only certain documents as proof of identity. An acceptable document must be current (not expired) and show your name, identifying information and preferably a recent photograph. Social Security will ask to see a U.S. driver’s license, state-issued nondriver identification card or U.S. passport as proof of identity. If you do not have the specific documents we ask for, we will ask to see other documents including: Employee ID card; •¡ School ID card; •¡ Health insurance card (not a •¡ Medicare card); U.S. military ID card; •¡ Adoption decree; •¡ Life insurance policy; or •¡ Marriage document (only in •¡ name change situations)....
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